★★★★☆ – 4 out of 5 stars
After devastation hits, Savannah moves back home to attempt a do-over at life. But when she suddenly bumps into Mr. tall-sweet-and-handsome, what is she to do when she realizes he’s also the guy who picked on her all through middle and high school? Is he really as sweet as he seems on the outside or is he still that douche bag he always was in school? Only time will tell but can Savannah handle any more heart ache?
Love is an ugly beast sometimes, I know. It makes us do stupid things. It rips out our hearts when we least expect it. It grows on us like weeds, sometimes killing us with its poison. It throws us into the fires of hell several times during our lifetime and for what? So we can stand up, brush ourselves off and start all over again from the beginning and then sometimes, sometimes when we least expect it, love morphs from an ugly beast into the thing our hearts desire most. Passion. Companionship. Loyalty. Comfort.
Do not read in public because it will have you crying ugly, heart-ache cries. Unknowingly, I started this book while on the bike at the gym. I was so drawn in right away to the main character, Savannah’s, story that I lost all sense of where I was and only later realized that crying while at the gym can get you funny looks. I loved every minute of this book and, after getting through the first few chapters, couldn’t put it down. Each chapter alternates between the two main characters, Savannah and Bryant, points of view so you are drawn to their relationship, rooting for both of them to succeed, however that may be. If you have ever felt loss, if you have ever struggled in a relationship, if you have ever run into someone from high school and questioned how much they’ve changed, then you will find something to relate to in this story. This is a feel-good story of loss, life, and love.
As much as I loved this book, I felt that I couldn’t rate it a complete 5 stars because overall, the story was very simple and overly predictable. While this made for a quick and relaxing read, I kept wishing for a little more depth and complexity to the characters.
All in all, I would most certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good love story and happens to have a secret love of Hallmark movies, like me.